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Information About Science Express

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The College of Science at Purdue University, through its Chemistry, Physics, and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences departments, delivers research grade instruments to high schools throughout central Indiana.

This project provides an opportunity for young students, from all backgrounds, to have hands-on learning experiences with instruments used in research laboratories today. These experiences increase the students' and teachers' skills and understanding of modern scientific technology.

The equipment, mounted on rolling carts, is delivered directly into the classroom for use by the students. The Instrument Project creates opportunities for teachers and students to learn the theory and practice associated with scientific instrumentation.

Teachers attend training sessions during the school year or summers, during which time they are trained on the instruments and develop experiments appropriate for the high school laboratories. Emphasis on real world applications helps to demystify the instruments and link experiments to student experiences. The use of a variety of instruments provides a wide range of laboratory experiments and allows teachers to customize their chemistry and biology curriculum to fit the needs of their students.

To become a part of the Science Express program you will need to contact either Sarah Nern or Zach Grigsby. We will let you know if you are in our delivery area. The cost for the program is $300 per teacher per year. All teachers using our equipment are required to pay the dues. We will let you or your group know when the next available time to receive training on the equipment that you want to use is. If you decide later that there is other equipment that you would like too use we can provide further training at a later date.

We provide 5 training opportunities during the year. One in the Indianapolis area and one at Purdue each semester. We also host a workshop at Purdue in the summer. The length of time for training will vary depending on how much equipment you are training on and what type. It can take as little as a couple of hours to as long as a couple of days.

When you contact us we will discuss what pieces of equipment that you wish to be trained on and we will discuss how long the training should take. Thank you for your interest and we hope to work with you in the near future.